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Hi Jim was posted 10/01/1998 03:59 pm by Christine Belgium
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Hi Jim; welcome on board. My Dad was dx with pc and liver mets in Jan. He received chemo : first gemzar, then 5FU and Leukovorin. It did not cure him; he died Aug 4. But he had a very good quality of life; he had nearly no pain at all (I believe we were lucky there), and remained conscious and was up and about until the last day. I think it depends on what your Dad wants himself, but in my Dad's case, not having chemo just wasn't an option : he really wanted the drs to give him something to fight the cancer, by having chemo he felt like he could DO something about the situation and not just sit there. My Dad has also been on alternative treatments; an important one was shark cartilage. I believe that's also something worth looking into. In my opinion, some of the alternative treatments (along with his fighting spirit, also terribly important) could be responsable for the strength my Dad had until the last day. ---- Normally, the drs should investigate what type of cancer your Dad has and if there is chemo for him. I know the drs told my Dad that there were different types of pc cancer (biological difference); for some they could give chemo, for others they couldn't (because it could do more harm then good). They also told that, in the best possible case, chemo could shrink the tumors in the liver and that, if that would happen, they could perform a whipple (but I had the feeling that this was not often likely to happen). ----- I also think that your Dad shouldn't wait to long to have chemo (if he decides to have it) because pc is a very agressive type of cancer. --- Good luck. Christine.

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